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Stress can have both physical and mental causes. You can feel stressed out by too little sleep—or by financial worries.
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Stress in the World Today

Understanding the Stress/Health Connection
Understanding the Stress/Health Connection Stress exists in your mind -- but it's also evident in your stomach, heart, muscles and even your toes. "In fact, stress may affect every cell in your body," says M. Ronald Glaser, Ph.D., a professor at Ohio State University Medical School. During stressful times, your body produces various chemicals, including cortisol, an immune-suppressing hormone. The more cortisol produced, the weaker your immune cells become and the more susceptible you are to illness. "A...
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The Harmful Side of Stress

How to Fight Stress-Related Diseases
How to Fight Stress-Related Diseases Stress-related health problems can be the basis for many doctor visits. For example, suppose Joe has inherited a predisposition to develop a depressive disorder. For him, a difficult breakup with his girlfriend may be all that's needed to trigger a bout of severe depression and the need for a doctor's visit. Then, there's the natural "fight or flight" response, in which the body instinctively reacts to stressful situations by priming the body for lifesaving physical ...
Stress Can Pack on Pounds
Stress Can Pack on Pounds Some people respond to impending deadlines, financial problems, relationship meltdowns, and other difficulties by eating less. But if you respond to added stress by eating more, you could end up with added pounds. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid stress-related weight gain. To begin, consider which of the following behaviors you’re prone to, and then take steps to counteract your usual behavior. Behavior: You don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. If having a lot to ...